The artists’ residence Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems is an institution incorporated in the Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Kultur (Foundation for Culture, Rhineland-Palatinate), from where it receives its funding. It is a place for artistic production, meeting and discussion. Since its foundation in 1995, Schloss Balmoral has attended various work projects including all disciplines of visual arts.
Visual artists from Rhineland-Palatinate as well as national and international artists are sponsored through the award of artist-in-residence fellowships and project, foreign and exchange fellowships.
The conditions for all fellowships with the exception of the curator fellowship are a completed course of study in art (MFA or comparable degree) and two to three years (depending on the respective fellowship) of continuous artistic work after the conclusion of the studies until the beginning of the fellowship. Applications are also possible for autodidacts distinguished by special artistic achievements, as documented by exhibitions and prizes.
To foster artistic dialogue and interdisciplinary collaboration, knowledge of German or English is expected.
I. International residential fellowships
Six residential fellowships will be awarded to international visual artists. For the residencies for 2015, applicants’ artistic work should focus on or have some connection with or make reference to Dada. Dada was the impulse behind a great many developments, and has a great many facets. Methods of expression such as photomontage, collage, material pictures, assemblage, object art and room installation all owe their origins to the Dadaists. In the years after Dada, the boundaries between painting, performance, literature and music came to be more and more blurred and overcome. The far-reaching influence of Dada can be seen from the Pop Art and Fluxus art of the 1960s to ’80s through to ready-mades and multiples, performance, happening and concrete poetry. What role does Dada play today?
Since 2013, fellowships are offered in one artistic genre or one theme each year. This offering, which is unique in Germany, is intended to enable deeper mutual creative cross-fertilization among the resident artists. It will also lead to a more intensive specialist exchange of ideas with external artists, speakers, teachers, curators, etc.
Two fellowships last three months and four fellowships last nine months. All residential fellowships run from June each year.
The residential fellowships are endowed with 1,400 EUR a month and include free accommodation in the Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral.
II. International curator fellowship
To foster dialog between artistic work and theoretical reflection, Balmoral awards a residential curator fellowship to a fellow in the humanities (preferably art history). The curator fellowship is awarded to persons whose university degree (at least MA) was completed not more than five years ago. For the curator fellowship, mastery of the German language spoken and in writing as well as good knowledge of English is essential.
The fellowship lasts nine months and begins in June 2015. It is endowed with 1,400 EUR per month and includes free accommodation in the Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral.
III. Project, foreign and exchange fellowships exclusively for artists with relation to Rhineland-Palatinate
Relation to Rhineland-Palatinate means (and/or) is born in, has studied in, has lived or lives in, has worked or works in Rhineland-Palatinate.
– Two six-month project fellowships (not tied to any site)
– One six-month fellowship for New York (Flux Factory/Residency Unlimited)
– One three-month fellowship for South Korea (Changdong or Goyang Art Studio)
– Two six-month fellowships for the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
– One five-month fellowship for Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Brandenburg/Germany
The project, foreign and exchange fellowships are endowed with 1,200 EUR per month (except for South Korea).
Awarding of fellowships
A jury of specialists will award all fellowships, taking into consideration the developmental potential of the applicant’s artistic or theoretical work.
Application deadline: 28 June 2014 (postmark date)
Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
56130 Bad Ems
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